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CoSchedule: a full social media solution for WordPress?

  The question mark in the title is because this is actually my first test post using CoSchedule. It brands itself as the perfect way to manage your social media scheduling with WordPress as your base. The concept is that you have a calendar where you can visualise your scheduled blog posts and all social [Continue reading]

6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins

In my most recent WordPress installations, these are the plugins I install first: 1) Acunetix WP Security: all sorts of changes in settings and file checks to increase security 2) Limit Login Attempts: Straight-forward plugin that blocks brute-force bots 3) Simple Login Log: exactly what you imagine ;) 4) Google Analyticator: adds GA tags on your [Continue reading]

Track WordPress Queries with Debug Bar

// I’m in #WordPress  mode these days (building a site for a client), so here’s another handy plugin: Debug Bar gives you helpful information for #debugging  like PHP error/notices, the full list of database queries and more. I needed the database part as you can see in the screenshot. Get it here: http://bit.ly/Z7YAWe 

Secure WordPress with WP-Security

// WP Security Scan is a set of tools for adding some basic #security  on your #WordPress  installation. It includes: – A series of tests like if you have the latest version, if you’re not telling the world your version of WordPress, .htaccess protection, etc (see screenshot) – Information on your PHP/MySQL installation for debugging– Permissions checks [Continue reading]

How to save space in your WordPress site

// Handy #plugin  for #WordPress : WP-Optimize will give you the option to clear revisions, draft posts and spam/pending comments and also optimise your database tables, freeing up value disk space and speeding up all database access. That said, if you use the Google+ Blog plugin http://bit.ly/yNwPxo by +Daniel Treadwell to import your G+ posts in WordPress, [Continue reading]

How to stop SPAM trackbacks in WordPress 

// Nearly every #Wordpress  blog will start getting spam trackback requests shortly after they have it’s first few visitors. If you’re not familiar with trackbacks, it’s an automated method to get notified (and add link back) when someone links to your blog. Trackbacks are by default enabled in WordPress installations.  To the rescue come the [Continue reading]

Explore the possibilities with multivariate testing

[Subtitle A] You probably have heard of A/B Testing where you have two versions of your page, serve them randomly to your visitors and track which works best. But there is a more advanced version of this, Multivariate Testing. This (obviously) involves multiple possible designs and of course it gets more complex to setup and [Continue reading]

Google+Blog for WordPress v.1.1.2

I had previously wrote http://bit.ly/yNwPxo about +Daniel Treadwell’s Google+Blog plugin which imports your #GooglePlus posts into #WordPress . I’ve been a happy user ever since so I’m jumping to the opportunity to post about it again as it has recently been updated. These are changes of v.1.1.0 although it has been silently been updated to [Continue reading]

The Cross-CMS Perception Matrix

In the spirit of the latest "What People Think I Do / What I Really Do" meme (more at http://chzb.gr/A6accB), here is how #CMS developers view other developers and their favorite system. I think each CMS has it’s own purpose and use but there no harm with a little fun :) Included: #WordPress , #Drupal [Continue reading]

Mail your WordPress posts with Postie

#WordPress has a "post by e-mail" feature included, but it’s fairly basic: you only enter the access information of the e-mail address you are going to use and then pray it all works. #Postie http://bit.ly/yhJpi4 is the same feature on steroids. Here’s what more you can do it with it: – Test your configuration to [Continue reading]

Location-enhanced photos in your WordPress

So you’re taking photos with your mobile and posting them in your #WordPress -powered #photoblog but you find that you’re missing something. While your phone has included location information in the photo, it is nowhere to be found on your site. A solution comes with the GeotagPhoto #plugin : it will identify attached images in [Continue reading]

Easy Google Maps on your WordPress

My #WordPress #plugin discovery of the day: MapPress by Chris Richardson (find it on WordPress.org http://bit.ly/zgNHrR or the developer’s site http://bit.ly/zmMgHa)You can easily add maps on your posts and pages, full with multiple markers, html descriptions, directions, all the usual Google Maps control, etc. It’s free (which covers most uses) with an affordable pro version [Continue reading]

How to add Facebook / Twitter / etc authentication on WordPress

In the old days of the internet, it was quite accepted that on each site/forum/whatever you encountered and wanted to participate in a discussion, you had to make a new account. Nowdays, both due to privacy concerns as well as getting used to be automatically logged in, we have ended up seeing that many people [Continue reading]

How to import your Google+ posts in WordPress

It’s not actually any kind of magic, thanks to Google+ API and developer +Daniel Treadwell we have the the Google+Blog WordPress Plugin which you can find here http://www.minimali.se/google+blog/ The plugin is free with a backlink which can be removed for a well-worth $10 (Hi Daniel, I’m currently waiting for my download link :)). Installation is [Continue reading]

#WordPress #security

#WordPress #security Embedded Link Thousands of WordPress sites commandeered by Black Hole Webmasters, update TimThumb now!Mass attacks that exploit a known vulnerability in the WordPress publishing platform have continued to bear fruit for hackers, with thousands of websites claimed in the past few weeks, a researcher said.…

#WordPress #typography #plugins

#goodmorning :) Embedded Link 10 WordPress plugins to enhance your blog’s typography Have you ever visited a blog and noticed immediately how the typography added sophistication and really made the content stand out? Perhaps it was an elegant typeface that fit the theme of the blog, or white space that was used proficiently throughout the [Continue reading]

A really resourceful post!

A really resourceful post! Reshared post from +Gabriel Vasile BEST GOOGLE PLUS PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS These are the best wordpress plugins dedicated to google plus that I found so far. I hope I didn’t miss other important ones, but if I did… just leave me a comment on the original post: http://goo.gl/FKz5p. Please share this [Continue reading]

WordPress plugin of the day: Auto Link Best Tags

Here is a nice WordPress plugin that can improve content discovery within your blog. It finds mentions of a post’s tags inside the text of the post and creates links to the respective tag pages. Get it at WordPress › Auto Link Best Tags.

Adding OG Tags in WordPress

I’ve been using the FB Connect plugin for allowing visitors to login on the blog. It adds the Open Graph tags that Facebook reads to determine how a page will be displayed on a Facebook stream when shared, but not all of them. The description and image tags are missing, plus there are not tags [Continue reading]

The WordPress vs Facebook Game: Round II

You can make something work in theory, but reality can often have a different opinion. My plan to integrate WordPress with Facebook worked in theory (and the first tests) but in practice there were problems.

From WordPress to Facebook and back

When you start a new blog you have no visitors so you need to reach out to them. And these days most of your audience can be easily reached on Facebook as your social graph is bound to be stored there these days. I have been facing the issue of making it easy for people [Continue reading]